Facebook And Face-To-Face Interaction

29 Sep

Ed Keller and Brad Fay make an interesting case in their article “Facebook can’t replace face-to-face conversation.” http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-04-29/facebook-face-to-face/54629816/1 They claim that the popularity of Facebook is due to the fact that people in today’s society crave meaningful social interaction, and are using Facebook to fill that gap. They cite data that they collected on more than 2 million conversations. According to the findings, seventy-five percent of conversations in the U.S. occur face-to-face, and that face-to-face conversations are more poitive. They also say that traditional media is much better at starting conversations than social media. What I found most interesting about the article was that it made the case for Facebook being a substitute for real social interaction. Assuming this is the case, it implies that something about our society is causing people to get a less than adequate amount of social interaction, which should lead us to question why that is.

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